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Casino Dashboard: March 2021

| By Kevin Dale
Garlic with your slots on Valentine’s Day and dealmaking is back on, writes Kevin Dale

Dealmaking is back after the chilly break with double the number of partnerships announced vis à vis January. Blox had a busy month although BlueOcean Gaming was the busiest aggregator in February, announcing a flurry of new content deals with CandleBets, GivMe Games, Golden Hero, Peter & Sons and Stakelogic. On the rolling six-month view, this takes them into second place after PariPlay.

Biggest aggregator dealmakers

From a studio perspective, Matrix Studios are now distributing their product via new partners BetConstruct, Emara Play and Slotegrator. As Booongo also notched up another couple of deals, they now occupy ‘pooole’ position for busiest studio dealmaker in the last six months. And deals mean revenues if you missed our piece on the correlation between studio deal-making and game distribution across operator sites.

Biggest studio dealmakers

On the games front, there’s no change at the top this month but a new trio of hopefuls…

Adventures of Doubloon Island by Triple Edge Gaming is this month’s hottest arrival, grabbing fifth spot whilst two other new and exclusive titles for Microgaming, 3 Devils Pinball (Crazy Tooth Studio) and Chicago Gold (PearFiction Studios) also made it into the top 20.

Top 20 games by distribution

Perhaps a consequence of confined couples and stymied singles, Valentine’s had a bloodthirsty take this year, with the top romantic titles all combining a bit of gore and passion.

Vampire Kiss by Leap Gaming, Romance V by Fugaso and Blood Lust by Elk Studios satiated many but it was the wild desires of Microgaming’s slot, the remastered Immortal Romance, that savaged, or ravaged them all – even making it into our top 20 games chart too.

A few tender souls did opt for Chocolates (Big Time Gaming), For Love And Money (Rival Powered) or Tweethearts (Just For The Win) but they were easily outnumbered by Vlad and his fans.

Last month’s stars, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and Twin Spin Megaways either crept in or fell just short of the top 20 but sister products Piggy Riches and Fishin’ Frenzy benefited from the interest in Red Tiger Megaways titles.

Barcrest had two Rainbow Riches titles in February’s top 20, presumably with players and/or operators building up anticipation ahead of Rainbow Riches Race Day, which launched just at the end of the month. We expect to see it off the bridle in time for next month’s dashboard review.

*Data on deals by month was collected from April 2020 onwards. Deal relationships between companies from all time are available on other charts. Note that only deals reported on company websites or in the gaming press are collated.

**The games chart here excludes live games and table games. Game rankings are determined by the number of game appearances on the casino homepages of more than 1000 casino sites. To access the full detailed database and see many other charts including live and table games, or to filter by operator type and size, see our partner’s site, egamingmonitor.com.

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